NetApp has announced the first members of their new community recognition program, called NetApp United. I’m proud to announce that I’m one of those 111 people.
What makes a good candidate for the NetApp United program? According to the application announcement, NetApp was looking for technology enthusiasts who:
- Have a social media presence
- Have overall expertise within the technology industry
- Are a member of the technical community in good standing
- Are interested in learning more about NetApp products and services
My own NetApp experience dates back to 1993, when I installed several of the first Network Appliance “file toasters” to be purchased in the New England area. Back then the NetApp boxes were often replacing larger and more expensive Auspex NAS devices (although we hadn’t yet started using the term “NAS” at that point). Never heard of Auspex? NetApp is a lot of the reason for that…
More recently, in my last job I got quite familiar with Solidfire‘s scale-out all-Flash arrays. Solidfire joined the NetApp family through acquisition.
I look forward to meeting my fellow NetApp United members and seeing back this program brings in the coming year.
You can see the full list of the 2017 NetApp United members on NetApp’s announcement of the program’s launch.